Sports  February 23, 2017
Rooney's agent in China for transfer talks
Wayne Rooney recently became Manchester UnitedWayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford held talks in China on Thursday amid mounting speculation over the Manchester United captain's future, British media said.Rooney, 31, has been sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho heightening expectations he could leave United for the mega-rich Chinese Super League.Guangzhou Evergrande, Beijing Guoan, Jiangsu Sunin...  Full Story
McMenemy backs Southampton to trim Zlatan down to size
Lawrie McMenemy believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with 24 goals and counting in his maiden Manchester United season, is the man his old club Southampton must stopDespite harbouring some reservations about his hairstyle, Lawrie McMenemy knows Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the man his old club Southampton must stop in Sunday's League Cup final against Manchester United.As Southampton manager, McMenemy led the south-coast club to their greatest success when they produced a huge upset to beat United 1-0 in the 1976 FA ...  Full Story
NBA legend Yao Ming named Chinese basketball chief
Yao Ming, pictured in 2015, who has been elected president of the Chinese Basketball AssociationNBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming called for "urgent" reform and said he was facing a multitude of problems as he was elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on Thursday.The giant former Houston Rockets centre, 36, arrives at the post as China searches for new superstars and more glory days for its national team, which has largely st...  Full Story
India stall Australia's momentum in opening Test
IndiaIndia grabbed the key wicket of David Warner just before lunch on the first day of the opening Test in Pune Thursday, stalling Australia's momentum after their openers made an impressive start.The visitors were 84 for one at the break after Warner and Matt Renshaw put on an 82-run stand for the opening wicket, with the tourists having elected to ba...  Full Story
Japan's Sunwolves ready for Super Rugby reset after horror year
Filo Tiatia, coach of JapanSunwolves coach Filo Tiatia said Thursday that the Japanese side have no reason to feel pressure this season after a chastening first year in Super Rugby.The Tokyo-based franchise won just one of 15 games under New Zealander Mark Hammett in 2016, while former Japan coach Eddie Jones called them "embarrassing" after a 92-17 mauling by the Cheetahs.B...  Full Story
Manny Pacquiao 'in negotiations' to fight Amir Khan
Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao announced a brief retirement in 2016 but made a successful comeback in November, saying he still felt like a youngsterPhilippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao on Thursday said he was "in negotiations" to face British fighter Amir Khan, after weeks of conflicting reports over his next bout."My team and I are in negotiations with Amir Khan for our next fight. Further announcements coming soon," Pacquiao, 38, said on his official Twitter feed.Pacquiao's post follows var...  Full Story
Ultimate Fighting Championship muscles into Asia with eyes on China
Las Vegas-based Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has shot to sporting prominence by making global stars of fighters such as Conor McGregor (pictured R) and Ronda RouseyThe world's biggest mixed martial arts organisation, the Las Vegas-based UFC, Thursday announced its long-awaited return to Asia with a Singapore show and an "ambition" to debut in mainland China.Ultimate Fighting Championship, which has shot to sporting prominence by making global stars of fighters such as Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, said it ...  Full Story
Top seed Raonic advances at ATP Delray Beach
Canadian top seed Milos Raonic (pictured) advanced to the quarter-finals of the ATP Delray Beach Open in Florida after defeating CroatiaCanadian top seed Milos Raonic advanced to the quarter-finals of the ATP Delray Beach Open on Wednesday by defeating Croatia's Borna Coric 6-3, 7-6 (7/2).On a night when rain delayed the start of play for more than eight hours, world number four Raonic fired 12 aces on his way to victory after 94 minutes in the early minutes of Thursday morning.Rao...  Full Story